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  • Michael Hichborn: CCHD Offered Me a Grant, Hoped I would Stop Investigating Other Grantees

    12/12/2017 2:37:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Lepanto Institue ^ | December 12, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Yesterday, someone forwarded to the Lepanto Institute an email from Ralph McCloud, the Executive Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  McCloud’s email was written to address recent concerns raised by the Lepanto Institute regarding CCHD grants.  You can read McCloud’s email here. In typical fashion, McCloud never actually addressed any specific concerns, but stressed the CCHD’s procedure for allegedly ensuring a high standard of accountability.  At the beginning of the letter, McCloud said the following:“In years past, CCHD staff met with Mr. Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute with no positive results.  Additionally, the CCHD Subcommittee asked that...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Your Catholic Week in Review (CCHD Edition!)

    11/24/2017 8:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | November 24, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Your Catholic Week in Review (CCHD Edition!) Another disastrous CCHD collection nationwide as more and more parishes are dropping "Alinsky Bucks" into the collection plate rather than subsidize the Obama-Soros population control agenda.     This oft-criticized hub for Alinskyite activism is still trapped in a cycle of anti-Catholic political activism to incredibly shady organizations, as the USCCB finally released their list of 2016-2017 CCHD Grantees.  The list is not encouraging in the slightest.   Click here to read the substance of our CCHD overview at the Lepanto Institute.   Meanwhile, the journalists bloggers over at the font of political leftism...
  • U.S. bishop refuses to say if Amoris Laetitia allows adulterers to receive Communion

    11/14/2017 4:02:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Update at 2:13 p.m. on November 14: The U.S. bishops voted 223 to 12 to develop a “formal statement” of a Renewed Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Life Ministry and Advocacy in light of Amoris Laetitia. Three bishops abstained from voting. BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Representing the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, refused to say this afternoon whether Amoris Laetitia allows Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. “That’s not an answer I’m going to provide for you,” Malone said. He’d been asked point-blank by...
  • Will U.S. Catholic Bishops Choose Life?

    11/12/2017 1:02:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 4, 2017 | John Zmirack
    We don’t look to The Wall Street Journal for its religion reporting. But a recent piece stands out. It shows American Catholicism at a crossroads. It’s rare that a single decision decides the future of a church in a nation. But we face such a moment now. As the Journal explains, the bishops will vote on a crucial staff post. Who will lead the Church’s pro-life efforts? The vote is down to two candidates — Cardinal Blase Cupich, of Chicago, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, of Kansas City — who represent the ideological poles of the U.S. church and have articulated...
  • U.S. bishops to set agenda in era of Pope Francis, President Trump

    11/11/2017 8:18:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | November 11, 2017 | Christopher White
    When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week for their annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), they’ll attempt to set an agenda in reaction to two of the world’s most closely-watched and consequential figures: Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump. While the priorities of the pontiff will be instrumental in shaping their focus, it will likely be the actions of the president that yield the most immediate responses. Since Trump was elected in November 2016, the conference has issued nearly 100 more statements than the previous year -a clear indication of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Hypocrites!

    11/11/2017 3:39:10 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Wanderer Press ^ | November 11, 2017 | Christopher Manion
    “Hypocrites!” That’s what Bishop Mark Seitz called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last summer when Paxton led a group of officials defending the Constitution. Meanwhile the bishop admitted that he had never publicly corrected, much less condemned, Catholic Cong. Beto O’Rourke, his 100 percent pro-abortion U.S. representative. Well. While El Paso’s petulant prelate maintains his right to remain silent, let’s take a look at what his alleged “hypocrite,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, has been up to. Last week, Paxton went into federal court to defend SB 8, a Texas law prohibiting “dismemberment abortion.” “I will always fight to protect...
  • Letter to Congress Urging Funding for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    11/10/2017 4:24:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | November 10, 2017 | Oscar Cantú / Frank J. Dewane
    By supporting the UNFCCC, the United States can direct attention and resources towards adaptation measures that help all people, especially the poor, adapt to the effects of climate change globally.
  • One year after the election of Trump, the U.S. bishops shift focus [Barf Alert]

    11/08/2017 7:07:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | November 8, 2017 | Christopher White
    “There was a great deal of fear because of all of the rhetoric,” he told Crux. “I was receiving calls from teachers asking what do I say to my schoolchildren that are coming to school crying and some of them are having panic attacks…There was a lot of fear and it began from the day of the election.” “At that time we began to think about what we should be doing as a Church and what we could do,” Seitz recalled.“To be honest with you, we were feeling kind of helpless…We couldn’t go to the people and say ‘don’t worry,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] SO MUCH FOR MERCY & DIALOGUE: ...

    11/04/2017 6:29:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 3, 2017 | HIlary White
    SO MUCH FOR MERCY & DIALOGUE: Member of Vatican International Theological Commission Sacked forQuestioning Pope of Mercy & Dialogue The Catholic Twitterverse is alive today with criticism of the USCCB’s decision to sack Fr. Thomas Weinandy, the former head of their doctrinal office. It took a matter of hours for the brave defenders of the status quo to leap into action against the mild Franciscan friar’s polite plea to Pope Francis to defend the Catholic Faith and faithful. Or at least to stop attacking them. In a letter made public November 1st, Fr. Weinandy, a former chief of staff for the...
  • Catholic Caucus: The USCCB and the Weaponization of “Dialogue”

    11/04/2017 8:22:51 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 3, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    In the wake of the latest instance of a faithful son of the Church pointing out that the papal emperor has no clothes, we have been treated to yet another flurry of loud and aggressive assertions that there is nothing to see here, no confusion really exists, and can everyone please stop acting childish and just move along? Meanwhile, that faithful son — Fr. Thomas Weinandy — has been forced out of his position as a doctrinal consultant to the USCCB, while their president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had the audacity to talk about his “departure” under the auspices of “an opportunity...
  • Cath Cauc: An open letter to Father Weinandy, from his predecessor, ...[Barf Alert]

    11/03/2017 2:10:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    America ^ | November 2, 2017 | John J. Strynkowski
    Dear Father Weinandy,You may remember me as your predecessor as executive director of the Secretariat for Christian Doctrine at the U.S.C.C.B. You replaced me in January 2005.I am writing this open letter to you in response to your open letter to Pope Francis in which you address what you describe as a “chronic confusion” that seems to mark his pontificate.According to Sandro Magister’s introduction to your letter, you had asked Jesus for a sign as to whether you should write your letter, you received that sign and thus “no longer had any doubt that Jesus wanted me to write….” I...
  • Cath Cauc: Top Theologian: Pope committing “calumny” against some of his critics

    11/02/2017 11:16:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | November 1, 2017 | Mark Lambert
    Pope committing “calumny” against some of his critics @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); It has been revealed today that Father Thomas Weinandy, former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine and currently a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission, sent a letter to the Holy Father on July 31 criticising him for “demeaning” the importance of doctrine, committing “calumny” against some of his critics, and appointing bishops who “scandalise” believers with dubious “teaching and pastoral practice.” He stressed the Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to the Pope, to “dispel error, not to foster it,” and...
  • The Catholic Church’s Push for a Multicultural Utopia Gets Weird

    09/17/2017 12:14:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 17, 2017 | Susan D. Harris
    Hot off the presses and hitting a church near you comes the pamphlet, “Our Faith Teaches: Welcoming the Refugee and the Migrant.”  The pamphlet begins the church’s two-year mass education effort to condition (especially United States) Catholics to support programs like “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) and apparently accept “global migration” by any immigrant group -- no questions asked. The “Share the Journey” website first introduces us to immigrant “Ruth” -- a name obviously meant to invoke the Biblical Ruth who was widowed and then followed her mother-in-law into a strange land -- and famously gave the world, “Whither...
  • Money Trail Revisited

    09/10/2017 2:48:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant ^ | September 9, 2017 | Elizabeth Yore
    Follow Up and Update (to E. Yore's The Money Trail: Why Catholic Bishops are Silent on Hillary):To the chagrin of the USCCB, their favored candidate didn’t win the election. Despite their scandalous neutrality in the presidential campaign, Donald Trump, carrying the pro life banner,  toppled the Catholic establishment’s choice, the abortion loving, Hillary Clinton.   The article below details the stagering governmental beneficence bestowed on the Catholic Bishops for refugee and immigration programs by the Obama Democratic Administration.  The hundreds of millions in government grants support the Church’s social justice ministry bureaucracy. Is it any wonder that the Bishops promote massive Muslim...
  • U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples [Cath Cauc]

    06/16/2017 8:41:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 16, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wasn't interested in commenting on whether Amoris Laetitia means same-sex couples must be given Holy Communion if their "conscience" tells them it's OK. As LifeSiteNews asked the question at a Thursday press conference, the bishop of Burlington, Vermont, whispered something to the USCCB's director of public affairs, who then said questions should only relate to topics the bishops discussed that morning. "OK, I – you know, the press conference, the panel has been put together pertaining to topics from today's news agenda, so I think we really need to stick to topics that ... were...
  • Cash-Strapped [Catholic] Bishops Declare War On Trump Budget [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2017 9:15:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | June 4, 2017 | Christopher Manion
    On May 19, five of the USCCB’s leading bishops sent a letter to every senator and representative, denouncing President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 as “profoundly troubling.” Invoking “moral criteria” and the “common good,” the bishops insist that Congress abandon Trump’s cuts in federal welfare programs. In a bow to fiscal responsibility, they endorse cuts in defense spending instead. Essentially, the bishops are calling on Congress to preserve the spending priorities that prevailed during the Obama administration. Apparently that includes Obama’s support for full funding of Planned Parenthood, which the letter does not mention. And curiously, while the...
  • The Interfaith Delusion

    04/12/2017 10:31:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 12, 2017 | Timothy D. Lusch
    Timothy D. Lusch is an attorney and writer. His work has appeared in Saint Austin Review, New English Review, and Chronicles, and at and He blogs at Ed. Note: This is the first in a three-part series on the Catholic Church and Islam.
  • Bishops On Both Sides Of The Border Condemn Wall

    04/12/2017 8:04:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | April 11, 2017 | Christopher Manion
    SANTA CRUZ, Guatemala — Bishops in the United States and Mexico have released new statements on the immigration issue that reflect their growing opposition to President Trump’s immigration policies. On March 22, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a “pastoral reflection,” entitled “Living As A People Of God In Unsettled Times.” The document is significantly less hostile to opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens than similar statements issued prior to Trump’s election victory, indicating a change not of policy but of tactics on the part of the bishops’ conference. Before the election, bishops routinely...
  • Why are US bishops so concerned about Trump’s refugee orders? Follow the money trail

    04/11/2017 12:51:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 11, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work, including a former adviser to President Bush and a leading figure in conservative Catholic media. These critics are pointing out that in Fiscal Year 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received more than $91 million in government funding for refugee resettlement. Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received a total of $534,788,660...
  • The USCCB doesn't know who wrote the Gospel of Matthew? Let’s tell them.

    04/03/2017 5:16:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 30, 2017 | Steven O'Reilly
    The USCCB doesn't know who wrote the Gospel of Matthew? Let’s tell them. Featured Written by  Steven O'Reilly Rate this item 12345 (9 votes) Many faithful lay Catholics, I suspect, look at the conclusions that Catholic scripture scholars and theologians have come to in their studies over the last 50 plus years and have come to a conclusion of their own: theology is too important to be left to the theologians. That is not to say there are not good scholars and theologians who are perfectly fine. While that is no doubt true, it is also true in past decades...